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Ray Strachey

(1887-1940), Feminist activist and writer

Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe)

Sitter in 64 portraits
Artist associated with 99 portraits
Born Rachel, Ray was the daughter of Frank and Mary Costelloe; her mother later married Bernard Berenson. Formidably clever from her schooldays, she read mathematics at Cambridge and studied electrical engineering at Oxford before committing herself to women's suffrage. She was Secretary of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies, Chairman of the Women's Service Bureau and a joint-founder of the League of Nations Union. She was an unsuccessful parliamentary candidate, but acted briefly as political secretary to Nancy Astor.

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Pippa Strachey, by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe) - NPG x88552

Pippa Strachey

by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe)
4 1/2 x 3 1/4 inch negative, circa 1911
NPG x88552

Oliver Strachey, by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe) - NPG Ax160800

Oliver Strachey

by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe)
gelatin printing-out paper print, 1911
NPG Ax160800

Oliver Strachey, by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe) - NPG Ax160801

Oliver Strachey

by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe)
gelatin printing-out paper print, 1911
NPG Ax160801

Pippa Strachey, by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe) - NPG Ax160940

Pippa Strachey

by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe)
bromide print, circa 1911
NPG Ax160940

Oliver Strachey, by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe) - NPG Ax160806

Oliver Strachey

by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe)
vintage snapshot print, 1912
NPG Ax160806

Oliver Strachey, by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe) - NPG Ax160807

Oliver Strachey

by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe)
vintage snapshot print, 1912
NPG Ax160807

Vanessa Bell (née Stephen), by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe) - NPG x88543

Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)

by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe)
film negative, August 1914
NPG x88543

Oliver Strachey; Karin Stephen; G.E. Moore, by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe) - NPG x88547

Oliver Strachey; Karin Stephen; G.E. Moore

by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe)
4 1/2 x 3 1/4 inch negative, 1914
NPG x88547

Oliver Strachey; G.E. Moore; John Maynard Keynes, Baron Keynes, by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe) - NPG x88548

Oliver Strachey; G.E. Moore; John Maynard Keynes, Baron Keynes

by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe)
4 1/2 x 3 1/4 inch negative, 1914
NPG x88548

Oliver Strachey, by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe) - NPG x88557

Oliver Strachey

by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe)
4 1/2 x 3 1/4 inch negative, 1914
NPG x88557

Barbara Strachey (Hultin, later Halpern); Oliver Strachey, by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe) - NPG x88558

Barbara Strachey (Hultin, later Halpern); Oliver Strachey

by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe)
4 1/2 x 3 1/4 inch negative, August 1914
NPG x88558

Oliver Strachey, by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe) - NPG Ax160808

Oliver Strachey

by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe)
vintage snapshot print, 1914
NPG Ax160808

Oliver Strachey, by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe) - NPG Ax160949

Oliver Strachey

by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe)
vintage snapshot print, 1914
NPG Ax160949

Oliver Strachey; G.E. Moore; John Maynard Keynes, Baron Keynes, by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe) - NPG Ax160965

Oliver Strachey; G.E. Moore; John Maynard Keynes, Baron Keynes

by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe)
gelatin silver print, 1914
NPG Ax160965

G.E. Moore, by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe) - NPG Ax160966

G.E. Moore

by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe)
gelatin silver print, 1914
NPG Ax160966

Oliver Strachey; Karin Stephen, by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe) - NPG Ax160967

Oliver Strachey; Karin Stephen

by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe)
gelatin silver print, 1914
NPG Ax160967

Vanessa Bell (née Stephen), by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe) - NPG Ax160968

Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)

by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe)
gelatin silver print, August 1914
NPG Ax160968

Jane Maria (née Grant), Lady Strachey; Barbara Strachey (Hultin, later Halpern), by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe) - NPG x129605

Jane Maria (née Grant), Lady Strachey; Barbara Strachey (Hultin, later Halpern)

by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe)
bromide snapshot print, 1916
NPG x129605

Pippa Strachey, by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe) - NPG x88553

Pippa Strachey

by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe)
4 1/2 x 3 1/4 inch negative, Summer 1916
NPG x88553

Pippa Strachey, by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe) - NPG x88555

Pippa Strachey

by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe)
4 1/2 x 3 1/4 inch negative, Summer 1916
NPG x88555

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